A Midsummer Night's Dream

Act Three scene two

Quiz Questions:
  1. What metaphors does Puck use to describe the reaction of the mechanicals when Bottom enters 'translated'?
                               When they him spy,
As wild geese that the creeping fowler eye,
Or russet-pated choughs, many in sort,
Rising and cawing at the gun's report,
Sever themselves and madly sweep the sky,
So, at his sight, away his fellows fly;
And, at our stamp, here o'er and o'er one falls;
He murder cries and help from Athens calls.
  1. What does Hermia mean when she tells Demetrius,
The sun was not so true unto the day
As he to me: would he have stolen away
From sleeping Hermia? I'll believe as soon
This whole earth may be bored and that the moon
May through the centre creep and so displease
Her brother's noontide with Antipodes.
  1. What happens to Demetrius when he falls asleep?
  2. What happens when Lysander and Helena wake him up?
  3. What does Demetrius mean when he tells Helen,
That pure congealed white, high Taurus snow,
Fann'd with the eastern wind, turns to a crow
When thou hold'st up thy hand: O, let me kiss
This princess of pure white, this seal of bliss!
  1. What imagery does Helena use when she appeals to Hermia to get the boys to stop tormenting her:
Is all the counsel that we two have shared,
The sisters' vows, the hours that we have spent,
When we have chid the hasty-footed time
For parting us,--O, is it all forgot?
All school-days' friendship, childhood innocence?
We, Hermia, like two artificial gods,
Have with our needles created both one flower,
Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion,
Both warbling of one song, both in one key,
As if our hands, our sides, voices and minds,
Had been incorporate. So we grow together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition;
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem
  1. How quickly do she and Hermia come to blows?
  2. What do Lysander and Demetrius wind up doing to each other?
  3. Oberon blames Puck for this big mess. Did Puck do it all on purpose?
  4. What does Oberon order Puck to do to prevent the lovers from killing each other before dawn arrives?